London in a fog — November
(notes by David Page)
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... Look out in the Civil and Military for two things called "The New Dispensation" which I’ve just done...The story
The buttons were attached at once. So, unluckily, was the housemaid, for I gathered that she looked forward to a lifetime of shirt-sewing in an official capacity . . .The tale continues in the next story “The New Dispensation—II”.
R.K. was always thoughtful and courteous. Knowing that I couldn’t use my eyes, he asked me after a few evenings if I would like him to read the Jungle book [sic] he was writing.Another example is from a letter to the Editor of the Kipling Journal for September 2006, No 319, p. 60, describing how the writer’s mother worked as a 'Lift Girl' in Brown’s Hotel in 1922-24. She met the Kipling’s who were frequent visitors to Brown’s and recalled that:
After this Mary became a regular visitor to the Kiplings' suite from where she would run errands for him and for Mrs Kipling. Most errands involved going to the local chemist to get medicine for him and on every occasion he would give her both the money for the prescription, and ten shillings for herself which at that time was practically a week's wages.
She always described Kipling as a very kind gentleman and despite their difference in status he was never condescending toward her.